A Pillow Cover for Fall
While spending the summer going through someone else's things isn't exactly what I'd call the funnest summer ever, there are sometimes perks. For example, my Dad had bought each of us kids a $100 US Treasury Bond back in the 70's. I had forgotten all about them, but we found them in the bottom of a box, and voila! Some fun money.
I was going to use it responsibly, to pay bills or something, but Mr. Magpie said not to. He said I should take it and buy something special, as a reward for all the hard work I'm doing this summer. It didn't take long for him to convince me. So I promptly ordered some bedding for my bed and then got myself to the local quilt shop to see what I could find.
I bought several things, but one of my favorites is this cute floral that just said "fall" to me. I promised myself I'd make everything QUICKLY this time that I brought home, so the very next day I finished this pillow cover for my front room.
I paired it with an ochre homespun that I already had in my stash and did a simple envelope closure on the back, using my super-easy pillow tutorial. I love, love, love the envelope closure because it's a snap to make, and easy to take on and off for washing. Plus I don't have to go back to the fabric store to buy a zipper. Which, since I usually do projects after the kids are in bed, and the fabric store is closed, would stop me flat.
Originally I was going to do some fancy piping or something on the edges, but I just kind of fell in love with the very simple look of the knife edge. ("Knife edge" is fancy talk for plain ironed edge, no trim.)
When I put it on a chair to get a good look at it, it happened to have my bohemian quilt on it already and pow!! I love them together. That's when I decided to cart it outside and take waaaaay too many pictures. I wonder what the neighbors think I'm up to over here?
I think the funniest part of the trip to the fabric store was when my nearly-five-year-old little girl (I think she decided she wanted to be called Butterfly on the blog) told me in no uncertain terms that what she really wanted was to buy more than one kind of fabric so we could change her the curtains in her bedroom seasonally. Her word, seasonally. She is SO my child.
I actually made two, one for on the pillow and one for in the wash. I've decided that's how I should do things from now on, just make/buy everything in pairs, one for the wash. At least then I'll always have clean(ish) linens. Otherwise things just get so filthy with the kids and pets, but I don't want to take them off and wash them because then the poor couches and pillows will have nothing to protect them from the onslaught!! This is better.
I like it with the quilt, and just plain, both.
It's hard to believe, but I think the work at my Mom's house might actually be closer to done than not. I've been doing it so long it's hard to believe we might actually be done soon, but we're getting there. Soon!!!
Meanwhile, I have a stack of fabric calling my name, and I'm itching to get it all sewn up for once instead of just piling up more of a stash. Let's see how many things I can finish in the next few weeks, shall we?
What about you? Do you change things seasonally? Enjoying this transition to fall? Have a thing for pretty pillows with flowers on them?